Project information

The National Recording Project for UK Sculptures

The National Recording Project, overseen by the PMSA, was set up by National Heritage in 1997 to establish a database of public sculptures and monuments throughout the UK. Funding cuts means the project stalled and to maintain momentum needs extra financial support.

January 2012 - July 2014

Charity information: Public Monuments and Sculpture Association

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  • Need


    It is essential to maintain momentum of this project, which the PMSA has headed since inception. Several regional directories have already been published. The project will slow down and lose momentum, unless we can publish additional volumes covering South Yorkshire, Sussex and hopefully Edinburgh in the period up to July 2014


    We already have teams working on preparing the data for the areas in question. However they will be forced to stop work if we cannot guarantee additional funds to finalise the data, publish the regional volumes and add all this data to our national computerised database, maintained at Brighton University.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Maintain project momentum, to benefit UK and overseas researchers, historians and visitors.


    » The Big Give donations will reassure the teams that the databases on which they are working will actually be published in the next two years.

    What success will look like

    Announce the availability of new funding, that’s all the team needs.

    Aim 2

    Publish at least two additional volumes, South Yorkshire and Sussex, in the next 2 years


    » The money will reassure Liverpool University Press that the data will be presented as publisher ready and they can plan to publish in 2012-13

    What success will look like

    The production of the volumes will demonstrate the success of the project. Copies would be given to donor charities and highlighted on our website.

    Aim 3

    Strengthen the national database with this additional regional information.


    » The database is being re-written by a team from King’s College, London. It will have capacity to add the additional information.

    What success will look like

    As these two areas will mean we have just about half the UK on the database, it will obviously encourage the use of this source of information.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the interest in public sculpture records at local archives, universities and research centres throughout the UK. If the project was to go into hibernation, it would be a serious problem to restart the development of public sculpture databases. It would set back the project to establish, for the first time, local,as well as national databases, for visitors, researchers, historians and archivists who need detailed information on sculptures throughout the UK.


    The risks are low. We have established teams of data gatherers, it is a question of finding the money to help them turn their data into standard format local directory publications and, at a national level, add to the PMSA database, which is fully secured with back up on and off site.


    Donors would receive copies of the new local directories, plus have unlimited access to the enhanced national database. One publication would be produced each year throughout the project. We would send a 6 monthly report if donors wanted one prior to publication.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 2 Directories To produce publication ready input including photographs for Yorkshire and Sussex
      £4,000 Printing support for printing and publishing two directories by the University of Liverpool
      £2,000 The National Database Incorporation of data into the National Database

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Fountain Society £5,000 Conditional
    Trustees £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    1. Sheffield and South Yorkshire, with Sheffield Hallam University

    2.Sussex with the University of Brighton


    This information will be vital for researchers looking at issues concerning public sculpture, their maintenance, restoration and creation across the UK. Any visitors to an area who are interested in public sculpture will be able to access additional information on the new counties from the National Electronic database. In addition they could purchase the new volumes giving more details, available at university, tourist and bookshop outlets within the area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity involved in trying to establish a national database of all public monuments and sculptures throughout the UK. We are probably the only organisation that can use a Big Give donation to achieve this objective.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter M Brown

    Chairman of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association

    Ian Leith

    Vice President of the association who has specialised on this project since its inception.

    Edward Morris

    The Editor in Chief, based at Liverpool University Press, of this project.

    Bob Lisney

    A trustee of the PMSA, directing the database team at King’s College, who will incorporate the new information into the national electronic database.